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Almost 11,000 jobs lost in Slovenia in April

Ljubljana, 6 May - The coronavirus crisis is taking a heavy toll on Slovenia's job market with data from the Employment Service showing that 10,793 people were added to the unemployment register in April alone, pushing the total up by 19.9% year-on-year to 88,648.

The coronavirus lockdown takes a heavy toll on the Slovenian job market.
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Since Slovenia declared coronavirus epidemic in mid-March, the number of people registered as unemployed rose by 13,622.

In April alone, the unemployed total rose by 13.9% over March, as 14,419 people were put out of work, 84% more than the month before and over 190% more than in the same month a year ago.

Apart from 6,209 who saw their fixed-term job contracts expire, 5,616 were made redundant in April, a surge of 130% compared with March and almost 750% more year-on-year. Most of these were employed in the hospitality sector, followed be manufacturing and retail workers.

A further 481 of those who were added to the unemployment register were first-time job seekers and 164 lost jobs as their companies went bankrupt.

Out of 3,626 who were removed from the unemployment register, 2,373 found a job or became self-employed. That is 61% fewer than in March and almost 60% fewer than in April 2019.

© STA, 2020